Chamonix 2020 Harvest Paints a Picture of Health in Franschhoek Valley

Chamonix Estate, the award-winning wine farm in the Franschhoek Valley, this year saw an exceptionally healthy harvest, both in terms of yield and grape quality – a different scenario to 2019 when the ongoing drought resulted in a crop almost half of this year’s volume of 160 tons.  Chamonix’s wines are exclusively made from grapes grown on the estate.


Neethingshof from Stellenbosch takes Rare Gold at International Concours du Sauvignon

Neethlingshof Estate in Stellenbosch won one of only 12 gold medals awarded to South African wine producers at this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, the most prestigious international competition for Sauvignon Blanc wines. The gold went to the Neethlingshof Sauvignon Blanc 2019. 


Org de Rac Harvest Expresses Essence of Organically Farmed Grapes

Brief, intense and yielding expressive young wines. This was the take-out from harvest 2020 on Org de Rac, the organic wine estate in the heart of the Swartland situated just before the town of Piketberg. As harvesting heads towards completion, cellar master Frank Meaker says it was, climate-wise, an erratic season which made initial predictions as to the yields and quality impossible until the grapes landed and the first juices began fermenting.


Diemersdal Estate Bottles First Sauvignon Blanc From Harvest 2020

Top image: Diemersdal Winemaking team:
From left: Juandré Bruwer, Mari Branders, Janeke Beck and Thys Louw.


Org de Rac Looks To Further Its Natural Offering With No-Added Sulphur Wines

Org de Rac, the leading organic wine farm in South Africa’s acclaimed Swartland region, has furthered its commitment to offering an organically pure wine proposition by using a revolutionary natural product allowing Org de Rac to offer wines made without any added sulphur. Red Dawn’s RDNT Genesis tannin, a South African product made from indigenous honey-bush plants, eliminates the need for sulphur additions due to its natural anti-oxidant properties and has been used on experimental batches of Org de Rac wine since the 2019 harvest.


Roodezandt and McGregor Join Forces to Form Super Winery

Top image: Provisional board members of the new Roodezandt. From left: Francois Naudé, Abé Rossouw, CEO and cellar master, Ben Kriel, chairman and Charl du Toit, vice-charman.


Predictions for the Cape Wine Industry 2020

The crystal ball has been gazed into. My personal witch-doctor cast his impressive selection of dry mammal bones, the arrangement of their falling allowing vast insights both spiritual and practical. And hundreds of blogs, tweets and perceptively penned missives, anticipating what 2020 shall hold for the wine industry, have been read. Here’s what we are in for, amigos:


Jewel of Breedekloof Mountain Ridge Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Mountain Ridge Wines, one of the most established wineries in the Cape’s Breedekloof wine region, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year as an integral part of the South African wine industry’s quest for growth in terms of value and quality wine exports. Mountain Ridge is home to the De Liefde, Jail Break, Mountain Ridge and Romansrivier wine ranges. 


Diemersdal Estate Releases Sauvignon Blanc from Other Side of the World

Sauvignon Blanc specialist Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this one originating from the famed Marlborough wine region on New Zealand’s South Island. The Diemersdal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 was made in Marlborough situated some 11 000kms from Diemersdal’s winery, and it is being offered as a wine representing owner-winemaker Thys Louw’s vision of harnessing a diverse range of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc styles under the Diemersdal label.


French Flair Brings Pink Valley’s Exceptional Rosé Wine to Stellenbosch Helderberg Region

Top image: Schalk-Willem Joubert, 2nd from right, winemaker and MD of Pink Valley, with owners Pascal Oddo, left, Lorraine Oddo and Bertrand Otto.